Presented on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 in the Barn at Quarry Farm. There have been many books on Mark Twain, but none have fully developed his rabid entrepreneurial side and pursuit of great wealth in the spirit of the robber barons until now. Peter Krass will discuss what he discovered in writing Ignorance, Confidence, and Filthy Rich Friends: The Business Adventures of Mark Twain, which explores this oft-neglected side of Twain's life. The talk will illuminate his rollercoaster ride through America's Industrial Revolution and Twain's rich experiences, which were at times hilarious, exuberant, and painful, yet always instructive.
Peter Krass is an independent scholar and author of Carnegie;Blood and Whiskey: The Life and Times of Jack Daniels;Portrait of War: The U.S. Army's First Combat Artists and the Doughboy's Experience in WWI; and Ignorance, Confidence, and Filthy Rich Friends: The Business Side of Mark Twain.